Red Sox DH David Ortiz joined the 500 home run club on Saturday night in Tampa against the Rays. He entered the night sitting on 498. In the first inning, he slugged a three-run home run off of lefty starter Matt Moore, then followed up in the fifth inning with a solo blast off of Moore.
No. 500 was a no-doubter. Ortiz sat on a low-and-inside breaking ball and ripped it many rows back in right-center field at Tropicana Field. He slowly trotted around the bases as if to savor the moment, then was greeted in front of the visitors’ dugout by his teammates. The relievers and catchers in the bullpen trotted down to add to the crowd.
The next milestone for Ortiz is 505, which would put him ahead of Eddie Murray for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time home run list.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts helped his team take a commanding 7-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Phillies on Saturday, clearing the bases and coming around to score on what should have been only a double, but turned out to be a Little League grand slam.
Bogaerts slashed an Alec Asher offering down the right field line. Right fielder Aaron Altherr corralled the ball and hit cutoff man Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez fired a weak throw to catcher Carlos Ruiz, bouncing off of him and into foul territory. Betts, at third base, used the opportunity to scamper home. Bogaerts was credited with a double and three RBI, advancing to third base on the relay throw home and scoring on Hernandez’s throwing error.
David Ortiz followed up with a solo home run, his 30th of the season and the 496th of his career.
Look, Deflategate posts are gold, man. And I’m sitting in baseball land over here, like a sucker, with virtually no way to get in on that haul. It’s hard!
I thought that maybe I could, once again, note just how horribly and consistently wrong ESPN’s legal “expert” Lester Munson is about all things upon which he is called to opine, but that’s beating a dead horse at this point, yes?
Thank God, then, for David Ortiz, who has given me an excuse to use the word “Deflategate” in a headline on a blog post on the world wide web:
That word’s very presence will likely make this the most trafficked post I do all day. We can talk about whether that, or the world for that matter, is fair, but in the end, isn’t web traffic what it’s really all about?
If you’re interested in this topic beyond its status as gold-plated clickbait and raw nihilism, go read Mike Florio’s copious content on the topic at ProFootballTalk.